Examples of core needs in fiction

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On the use of "core needs" to add depth to characters see Give characters core needs and default psychological maneuversGive characters core needs and default psychological maneuvers
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In Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel Elizabeth George suggests that two ingredients that help understand characters are their core need and their psy...

Examples of core needs include:

  • The need for approval
  • The need for perfection or to be seen as perfect
  • to be seen as empathetic
  • to be right
  • to be competent
  • To control events and people
  • for nurturance
  • for excitement
  • to be seen as authentic
  • for admiration
  • for attention
  • to be of service
  • for connection
  • for an adrenaline rush


George 2020